THE PREMIERE of a controversial
new play about the Lockerbie bombing is being staged
later this month in Falkirk.
The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Dumfriesshire
town in December 1988 killed 270 people and was the
worst terrorist atrocity in the UK.
Now, for the first time, the appalling tragedy is being
brought to the stage by Falkirk's Tryst Theatre in a
play specially written for them by the club’s
Entitled "The Lockerbie Bomber",
the harrowing and hard-hitting play is dedicated to
the memory of the victims of Lockerbie and their families.
Alan said: “I wrote the play, my first, as a
reminder that the 270 victims and their families still
await justice. The more I researched and delved, the
clearer it became that Scottish justice and successive
Governments have failed them terribly. Like all Scots,
I was appalled by Lockerbie. And like a lot of Scots,
I personally believe there’s been a miscarriage
of justice and a cover-up.
“As one of the characters in the play says: “A
few people, high up in the US and UK Governments, know
exactly what happened, but they're never going to tell
He added: “The play is what I’d call “faction”
– a mix of fact, fiction and dramatic license
- inspired by actual events and news stories but the
characters, the plot and the dialogue all come from
my imagination. It’s set in the present day and
looks at the Lockerbie bombing from three different
perspectives – the victims’ families, journalists
investigating the case, and the UK and US security services
engaged in covering up what happened.”
The six Tryst actors are Jim Allan, Alan Clark, Carol
Clark, Rhona Law, Craig Murray and Brian Paterson.
Tryst Chairman Frank Murray said: “We’re
delighted to have the opportunity to present the premiere
of this challenging new play.”
Tryst will make a donation to the Red Cross in Lockerbie
who were amongst the first on the scene of the 1988
"The Lockerbie Bomber" will
be staged in Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk, on Saturday
May 26 at 8pm. Tickets, £7 and £5 (concessions)
are available from the The Falkirk Steeple Box Office
on 01324 506850, the Tryst Theatre Box Office on 01324
715886 or at the door on the night.